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Hi I'm Tony

I grew up in Texas and Utah. I'm a soon to be father. I work in process improvement. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a pretty normal guy. I grew up in a Mormon household with excellent parents. I served a full-time mission for the Church in Germany, an experience which I loved. I then attended university and completed two internships. On my second internship I met my wife and we were married one year later. We are expecting our first child and could not be more excited. I enjoy reading, technology, running/backpacking, and working on our first home. I work in process improvement, enjoying the ability to improve others' lives by empowering them to improve their own environment.

Why I am a Mormon

I love feeling God's love, His spirit in my life. When I attend Sunday worship services with my local congregation or read in the Book of Mormon or Bible, I feel this love. Being an active Mormon brings greater peace and clarity into my life. Even though I don't know why bad things happen to good people, I know that obedience to God's commandments brings me blessings and peace to endure life's trials.

How I live my faith

I love studying the scriptures and reading how God's power can sustain us even through our difficulties and weaknesses. Hearing God's prophets speak with power and authority reaffirms my faith. Reading the accounts of Jesus' life and ministry in the Bible and Book of Mormon make me want to be a better, more kind person. I also love being able to share my faith with my children and wife. As we converse about challenges facing our family, it is inspiring to also discuss how the Gospel of Jesus Christ can help us overcome and endure these trials with peace.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Local congregations are called wards or branches, depending on their size. Wards and branches meet together weekly on Sunday for worship activities. A stake is made up of several wards or branches in the same area and meets together twice per year for instruction from local lay Church leaders. Wards and branches are organized geographically, that is, everyone in a given area is assigned to the same ward or branch. Local circumstances vary, but members usually attend their locally assigned ward or branch. Teaching and doctrines are uniform across the whole Church worldwide. Members in each ward or branch build supportive, helpful communities with multiple chances for interaction and service through different programs of the Church. Every time I have moved, I have instantly been befriended and served by members of the new congregation. Having this instant support network is a great help. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Family is central to God's plan. Being God's children, we are all a part of His family and he wants us to be happy, to learn and grown. On earth, God has given us our families to help us with these same purposes. Families support and stand by one another, allowing us to bear the rigors of life more joyfully. Mothers and fathers have special callings to look over and provide for their children, teaching them how to be happy and productive members of society. God entrusts every mother and father with his own children and they bear responsibility to Him how effectively and lovingly they carry out these duties. When God's teachings are central in family life peace, love, and charity become more common and powerful. Show more Show less